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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,615 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
"[A] solid how-to book...For amateur dream researchers, this is a must."
This book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology, establishing a scientifically researched framework for using lucid dreaming--that is, consciously influencing the outcome of your dreams. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge's extensive laboratory work at Stanford University map
Paperback, 335 pages
Published November 13th 1991 by Ballantine Books (first published September 19th 1989)
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Jay Reynolds
Jan 24, 2016 Jay Reynolds rated it really liked it

Full of practical, evidence-based advice on the practice of lucid dreaming from Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University.

With the aid of the information presented in 'Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming', I became a proficient lucid dreamer, easily realizing more than 30 successful attempts following a couple weeks of practice. As I became better at lucid dreaming, I was able to slip directly from a hypnogogic state into a lucid dream, all the while maintaining awareness. I realize I may be unus
Roy Huff
Mar 16, 2013 Roy Huff rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite books. Everyone needs to buy and read this book. If you are not familiar with the concept of lucid dreams, this will answer all your questions. This is based on scientific research and not a lot of the hokey new age concepts you find in other lucid dreaming books. This is also NOT about dream interpretation but rather a simple, easy, and clear strategy to control your dreams. The "MILD" and "WILD" techniques can get you started the first day. This influenced me ...more
Amany Gara
Sep 02, 2013 Amany Gara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
Amazing!~omg how can i not recommending this book
The same thing happens when you realize that ordinary life is a dream, just a movie, just a play. You don't become more cautious, more timid, more reserved. You start jumping up and down and doing flips, precisely because it's all a dream, it's all pure Emptiness. You don't feel less, you feel more - because you can afford to. You are no longer afraid of dying, and therefore you are not afraid of living. You become radical and wild, intense and vi
Jul 21, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
A great introduction to the world of lucid dreaming and how to go about obtaining the skills to lucid dream yourself. Personally, I have not been able to really lucid dream yet, but I have made progress and look forward to being more successful. The book provides a lot of different exercises for the reader to practice in order to become an oneironaut and I found a lot of them to be really well explained and clear. There were also a bunch of different examples of how lucid dreaming can influence ...more
Mitch S
May 09, 2012 Mitch S rated it it was amazing
Very good book! Not enough people know about the tremendous benefits that can come with lucid dreaming. This book effectivley taught me how to control my dreams and act out any scenario I like. Its the natural form of virtual reality and its only limited to your imagination.
Mike B
Sep 05, 2011 Mike B rated it liked it
This book put me on a pretty open-minded path some years ago and I'm glad I read it, as it's made me a more creative and confident person. However, it did only a little for me as far as lucid dreaming goes. It turns out lucid dreaming is a serious commitment that requires a LOT of sleep (8-10 hrs a night at first). It's ironic that this book promises to enrich your life but demands you spend that much of it asleep!
Mar 22, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing
If you are self-disciplined enough to follow the very specific steps to lucid dreaming in LaBerge's book, you will experience the transcendent and life-changing states of lucidity. It's worth the effort. The research on the subjective is extensive, and Eastern spiritual traditions are presented alongside the very Western scientific approach. For someone obsessed with dreams and the dream state, this is a must-read.
Sep 21, 2013 Marius rated it it was ok
Those who are ready don't have to read this book or do the overcomplicated exercises, and the ones who fear themselves will never allow a lucid dream to happen, whatever the degree of effort applied.

Lucid dreaming changes your outlook regarding existence, and the effects are irreversible, in my experience.
Mia Goros
Oct 25, 2011 Mia Goros rated it it was amazing
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Aug 02, 2008 Carl rated it it was amazing
Professor Stephen Laberge (, the pioneer in this field, who has his own 'Dream Laboratory' @ Stanford University writes about proving (why doesn't "proving" have 2 "O"'s in it?) that Lucid Dreams Occur, that we can become conscious in our dreams, along with techniques on how to master this art.
Beyond words....
We have them when we're kids until our teachers and peers tell us that all those things we believed in are fairy tales. Hardly a wonder why the average pinnacle for intuition d
Dec 07, 2012 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very interesting book and a great reference for anyone interested in dreaming and lucid dreaming. I consider it a combination of a how to and a why to. The major skills I think someone could takeaway from this are:
1. How to relax and/or clear your mind
2. How to recall your dreams
3. How to lucid dream
4. How to potentially resolve problems in your dreams

In terms of 'why to's of this book I think Laberge makes some interesting arguments about the benefit of lucid dreaming and I think it's
Aug 16, 2014 ZeN-son-son-Vallano rated it really liked it
Excellent guide for beginners to Lucid Dreaming. Gives a lot of needed information and a novice guide/tutorial to Oneironauting. I held back a star since it didn't fit my needs as much seeing as how it's heavy with anecdotes and I was searching for more of the technical. Since its a good guide for starters, it has reviews and notes to remember the info. I knew most of it already so the reviews seemed redundant. Taking up space with already stated information. Still it's a great book with a good ...more
Dean Tsang
Aug 27, 2012 Dean Tsang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goldies, knowledge
Stephen LaBerge introduces and explains lucid dreaming nicely, taking a simplistic approach in explaining the techniques and benefits of conscious sleep. This book explained everything I could have asked for, and have no qualms with it. I definitely recommend this for anyone who has thought of taking up lucid dreaming.
Ben Nesvig
Aug 01, 2012 Ben Nesvig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Fascinating topic and book. It took me a year to get half way through another book on the topic. I read this in a week. While I haven't had a lucid dream yet, dream recall has picked up.
Andrew Frueh
Jun 18, 2012 Andrew Frueh rated it liked it
Shelves: science
This is the most authoritative book on the subject of lucid dreaming that I have encountered. Although to be honest, it doesn't have a whole lot of competition. As the author concedes, the scientific study of dreams is a fairly new phenomenon. Perhaps as a result, this book is more of an overview of every possible aspect of dream study one could imagine. However the downside to this is that many of the topics covered feel like incomplete thoughts.

The book has a bit of a "self-help" vibe to it,
Steve Woods
Jun 29, 2014 Steve Woods rated it really liked it
Dreams have been an important part of my life for a long while. They took the form of nightmares, part of the symptomology of ptsd. I had to find a way of dealing with them and by trial and error I found ways that were consistent with some of the approaches outlined here. As a result of that experience I have become much more aware of what happens in my dreams and my interest has been expanded due to my exposure to some of Jung's ideas. I guess I have always sensed some kind of hidden potential ...more
Leon M
Jan 21, 2010 Leon M rated it really liked it
Ok, it took me quite long until I could write an objective review of this book, because I first needed to try out the techniques mentioned.

"Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" is the standard introductory work for all lucid dreamers and it is easy to see why that is after reading it: Written in a simple but elegant style, LaBerge mixes accounts of lucid dreamers with his scientific evidence for the phenomena and destillates the numerous techniques that promise to make people lucid into two si
Alex Devero
Jul 11, 2015 Alex Devero rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Conscious – or lucid – dreaming is something anyone can learn how to do. By practicing some straightforward techniques, you too can reap the benefits that lucid dreaming can give, such as being more creative and learning how to combat your fears.
Mar 11, 2011 SJ rated it really liked it
I'll admit, I already sort of know how to lucid dream. It's an incredible experience. I'm reading this based on recommendations that I've read all over the web that Dr. LaBerge's method is best for learning how to lucid dream at will. I'm taking this book in steps as is recommended by Dr. LaBerge. At this time, I'm recording my dreams for later review of dream signs. So, I'm still early into it.

Update: Finished this after working through it for about four months. Highly instructive but some of
David Oren
Sep 29, 2015 David Oren rated it liked it
Exploring the world of lucid dreaming
Interesting as always, yet a subject I never fully mastered. I wonder when I'll give it another focused effort
Jan 27, 2014 Giles rated it it was amazing
The first book I read on lucid dreams and to this day remains one of the very best. Unlike so many other books on lucid dreaming, LaBerge is an expert. He's spent his life researching lucid dreaming and knows what he is talking about. This book is a little old now but it still eclipses almost all other modern books, because it's written by someone who actually studies dreams as a profession.

A must read.
Marwan Nabil
Apr 18, 2016 Marwan Nabil rated it it was amazing
induced my first lucid dream the night i started reading it
Nov 17, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
Good introduction to lucid dreaming, the bible for lucid dreaming
Winston Willis
Apr 12, 2016 Winston Willis rated it it was amazing
Worded wonders. One of my favorite scientists.
Anton Klink
Jan 21, 2013 Anton Klink rated it it was amazing
Although I read the book a few years ago, I still remember the principles of lucid dreaming, how to induce them, how to stay in them and how to teach others to have lucid dreams as well. Needless to say, after having read this book, my frequency of getting lucid dreams increased considerably. Since the book helped me achieve exactly what I wanted to and I still remembver the advice years laters, I consider this an exceptionally good subject on the book and highly recommended to all who are inter ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent introduction and guide to lucid dreaming. The author seemed very friendly toward the theist and atheist, mystical and logical, and the in between. There were a few times where the book dragged and it took me longer to finish this one than another of similar length, but I quickly welcomed this as it kept the concept of lucid dreaming in the back of my mind with this staying on my "currently reading" list, thus aiding me in an inadvertent way to inducing lucidity.
Apr 26, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Anyone interested in or even vaguely curious about Lucid Dreaming should begin with this book.
Stephen LaBerge is one of the world's leading authorities on Lucid Dreaming and draws upon decades of research conducted at the sleep laboratory at Stanford to lay the groundwork for anyone who would like to learn how to consistently have lucid dreams. The book is very thorough and comes in at over 300 pages, but the potential benefits are well worth the time.
Feb 01, 2014 Calvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-laberge
Jul 31, 2013 Lauri rated it really liked it
Some of the lucid dream inducing methods (not involving drugs, but appropriate mental conditioning/exercises) worked for me and resulted in some of the most amazing lucid dreams I've experienced so far; dreams being extremely colorful/vivid and me having almost total control over my actions and partial control over the dream environment during the dreams. Very interesting experiences, albeit I haven't been able to reproduce them reliably later.
Aug 07, 2012 Keoni is currently reading it
"We sleep, mindlessly, through many thousands of opportunities to be fully aware and alive."

If we can solve real world problems while still getting our night's rest, that'd really improve efficiency! I'm not sure this is possible, but I'm giving it a shot!

I've had two lucid dreams since reading this book!

This is definitely a good psychological exercise, and it puts the "first person" back into science!
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Stephen LaBerge (1947–) is a psychophysiologist and a leader in the scientific study of lucid dreaming. He began researching lucid dreaming for his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology at Stanford University, which he received in 1980. In 1987, he founded The Lucidity Institute, an organization that promotes research into lucid dreaming, as well as running courses for the general public on how to achieve a l ...more
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